A massive 88-acre container terminal in Brooklyn is being transformed into the state-of-the-art Sims Municipal Recycling Facility as part of the Mayor’s PlaNYC2030 initiative to tackle waste management in the city. The facility will be overseen by the Axis Group, who will use the terminal’s location to freight recyclables to the facility by maritime vessels, which will be cheaper, use less fuel and reduce traffic congestion and air pollution. The recycling center has already won an Award for Excellence in Design from the Public Design Commission and construction is expected to be completed by December 2012.

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Located at the 30th Street Pier of the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT), the new Sims Municipal Recycling Facility will occupy 11 acres and do everything it can to reduce the city’s carbon emissions. In fact, by using New York’s waterways to transport materials to be recycled, it is estimated that the new facility will displace 260,000 vehicle miles annually traveled on inner city roadways. Not only is using maritime vessels cheaper and more sustainable, it is expected to have a positive impact on the city’s infrastructure due to the reduction in infrastructure maintenance, fuel consumption, congestion, and vehicle emissions.

The recycling facility will also be used as an educational tool for the children of New York. Schools will be able to take their pupils to the center in order to get first-hand experience of the recycling process. The Department of Education is also developing a curriculum where schoolchildren will learn the theory of recycling in class and then see the process for real.

The facility has received a $48-million investment from the city and a $46-million investment from Sims. It has been designed by Selldorf Architects, and is expected to create approximately 100 permanent jobs. The new building has even been designed with the environment in mind, and boasts green roofs, renewable energy generation, on-site storm water treatment and other sustainable features.

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